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What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?

Most couples in conflict tend to react to each other in particular ways that keeps the conflict going. Over time, a repetitive pattern emerges that keeps the couple locked in a negative cycle.

We help to interrupt their repetitive negative interactions and learn to reach for each other for nurturance and support. 

By strengthening their emotional bond and feelings of secure attachment, EFT therapists help couples to create a more emotionally open and receptive way of interacting. The goal of EFT is to help couples to feel safe sharing their vulnerable feelings, fears and attachment-related longings.

Learning Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy is an empirically validated, humanistic psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Les Greenberg in the 1980’s. Since then, Sue Johnson developed the model further adding John Bowlby's Attachment Theory to further understand couple relationships and to guide therapists in helping them. EFT is also used with families and individuals.    

The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model is based on the belief that all human beings need safe, secure emotional connections in their intimate relationships and that relationship distress occurs in moments of disconnection. 

EFT is one of the most thoroughly researched, clearly delineated and empirically validated approaches in the field of couples therapy. It reflects the most recent research on the nature of relationship distress, adult love and emotion. Research studies find that after treatment with EFT couples therapy, 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and 90% of couples show significant improvement.  EFT therapists view the couple's presenting issues through an attachment lens and they get to the heart of their problems.  

EFT is being taught all over the world in many languages. The San Francisco Center for EFT offers EFT trainings in English and Spanish.


Learning EFT in San Francisco

As an organization committed to excellence in EFT training, the San Francisco Center for EFT (SFCEFT) offers all levels of instruction: Introductions to the EFT model, 4-day EFT Externships, Core Skills Trainings in EFT and EFT Core Skills Refreshers. In addition, it offers Special Topic EFT trainings such as EFT Certification Intensives, the Forgiveness Training for Therapists and the Attunement Training for Therapists. SFCEFT facilitates and sponsors workshops by ICEEFT Certified Supervisors and Trainers in a variety of special topics and supports the growth, development and mission of the Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT). For more information on joining NCCEFT, participating in EFT Community events and trainings, receiving the NCCEFT Listerv and to be listed on the EFT therapist directory, please visit NCCEFT.com

The International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

is excited to bring Dr. Sue Johnson 

and  Dr. Sam Jinich 

to Madrid, Spain

(English with simultaneous translation into Spanish)

For more information click here

Madrid flier

Dr Sue Johnson's Article on Latest EFT Research  Changes in Relationship-Specific Attachment in EFT


We are delighted to inform you that Scientific American, the internationally respected journal of scientific discovery and research news has published a wonderfully accessible article about Sue Johnson's work with attachment and helping people have more fulfilling relationships. You can view or download the complete article here. 


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